What to expect when you arrive
for your surgery or procedure
Expert surgeons in Largo, Florida
Largo Medical Center remains a leader in Pinellas County for surgical procedures, offering some of the first of their kind in the county and even the state. Our highly skilled surgeons use the latest advancements in medicine and surgical technology, resulting in better outcomes and experiences for our patients undergoing bariatric, cardiovascular, general or orthopedic surgery.
For more information about our surgical services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at any time at (888) 741-5115.
Diagnostic and surgical imaging
Our physicians use the results of our elite diagnostic imaging services to determine if surgery is needed for treatment of your health condition.
The diagnostic imaging services of Largo Medical are nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology for superior imaging standards. The fast and accurate results provided by our trained technicians help our physicians determine a diagnosis. Then, if deemed necessary, they will develop a surgical treatment plan for your care.
Surgical expertise you can trust
Our surgeons at Largo Medical are skilled and have the experience and expertise to perform an array of surgical procedures. For several surgical procedures we perform, we use advanced robotic surgery technology and a minimally invasive technique, resulting in less pain and faster recovery times for patients.
The common types of surgical procedures they perform include:
- Bariatric surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- Appendicitis surgery
- Gallbladder removal
- Gallstone removal
- Ovarian cysts removal
- Orthopedic surgery
- Transplant services
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Bypass surgery
- Device implantation
- Heart valve repair or replacement
Preparing for surgery
Preparing to have a surgical operation can be overwhelming and frightening. We at Largo Medical are committed to making sure you feel fully prepared. We educate you about all aspects of your operation and what will be needed before, during and after it.
Your pre-admission visit
Your pre-admission visit will take place one to two weeks before your scheduled procedure. During this visit, we will obtain vital information before your surgical operation. Depending on the number of tests ordered by your doctor, your pre-admission appointment may take about one hour.
A member of your doctor's office staff will contact the hospital to schedule your:
- Pre-admission visit appointments
- Admission for surgery
- Any diagnostic testing required before surgery
Your pre-admission visit will consist of:
- Completion of forms
- Verification of your insurance information
- Nursing assessment and education
- Any tests ordered by your doctor
- Anesthesia consultation, if needed
- Confirmation of time and details of your surgery
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming surgery, you can call our Pre-Admission Testing Office at (727) 588-5668 ext. 1, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Before your surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything—including mints, gum, candy or water–after 11:59 p.m. the night before your procedure, unless otherwise directed.
- Let your physician know of any medications you take. Your physician will give you instructions regarding your medication use prior to surgery. You cannot take any blood thinner medications starting two weeks before surgery.
- Refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
- Notify your physician if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant.
- If there is any change in your health between the last visit with your physician and the day of your scheduled surgery, please notify your physician immediately. Minor health changes, such as a cough, color or fever, can impact your surgery.
- The nurses will contact you after 2:30 p.m. the day before your scheduled surgery. If your surgery is Monday, you will be contacted the Friday before.
If you are unable to be here for any reason on the day of your surgery, please call our Outpatient Care Center at (727) 588-5650.
On the day of your surgery
On the day of your surgery, please arrive at your scheduled time. To reduce risk of infection at the surgical area of your body, you can follow these instructions for preparing for surgery:
- Bathe or shower before your surgery.
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
- Wear flat, comfortable shoes, which can be easily slipped on after your procedure.
- Do not wear contacts. Please bring glasses.
- Do not wear any jewelry
- Do not apply lotions, deodorant, powder or perfume of any kind.
- Do not shave or remove any body hair below the neck.
- Bring an inhaler if you use one.
After your surgery
Arrange for an adult to accompany you to the hospital as you will not be able to drive yourself home after your same-day procedure. You should make arrangements for someone to stay with you for at least 24 to 48 hours after your surgery.
You will not be able to take the bus, taxi, shuttle, rideshare company or other transportation service to go home following your procedure. You must be accompanied by a responsible party for your ride home from the hospital.
You may feel slightly dizzy or sleepy after your procedure. This is normal. Please be sure to notify your doctor right away if you have a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit or excessive pain and/or inflammation.
Post-surgery physical therapy and rehabilitation
Following your surgery, we are committed to helping you experience a full and successful recovery with our range of physical therapy and rehabilitation services.
Our licensed physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists use advanced technology and customized therapeutic programs. Our team is committed to helping you recover fully and effectively so you can return to your healthiest life.